AND FOR MY FINAL TRICK: SPOILERS!
As I mentioned in last week’s blog review, the final two episodes of STAR TREK: PICARD‘s first season left me feeling quite disappointed and ended things on a distinctly bad note for me (and many others).
As season two drew to a close, a strong series of early episodes stumbled as the show approached the finish line, with episodes 7 and 9 (as opposed to 7 of 9) significantly missing the mark for me. So going into the final, 10th episode, “Farewell,” I was ready for either a second-in-a-row disappointment or else a triumphant salvation. What I got was…
…a little bit of each.
On the good side, there were several powerfully emotional moments, elegantly acted with touching music, that left me tearing up. There were also some fun easter eggs thrown in for the hard-core Trekkers to cheer (or complain) about. And of course, everyone got their happy ending…except Adam Soong, who got a more ominous ending (but perhaps happy for him).
The scene with Taillinn finally talking face-to-face with Renée was beautiful. The exciting sequence trying to stop Soong’s drones and get Renée safely onto the rocket was textbook action and suspense (even if it was super-obvious that the Renée who came out of the ready room was really Taillinn in disguise). And the scene with Picard and Q was masterful, even though it left way more questions frustratingly unanswered (more on that later). But seeing these two accomplished thespians (SIR PATRICK STEWART and JOHN DE LANCIE) playing off each other as Q prepares for his final farewell was simply a treasure and pleasure to watch…campy though it was, I didn’t care.
On the bad side, the episode was a bit of a hurried mess. Having let every storyline slowly percolate for most of the season, the final episode needed to…
- Wrap up the Renée Picard storyline in some exciting way;
- Include the sacrifice of at least one character (more on that shortly);
- Get Raffi and Seven back together;
- Resolve the Rios/Teresa romance plotline;
- Give Kore a final confrontation with her “dad”;
- Leave Soong defeated;
- Wrap up the storyline with Q and answer any lingering questions;
- Get the team back to the future to finally pay off the scene at the end of episode one that got them there;
- Reveal the masked Borg Queen as Agnes Jurati;
- Establish that Elnor is alive;
- Include a scene with Whoopi Goldberg to explain why she didn’t clue-in Picard way back in episode one about what was to come ;
- Get Picard and Laris together;
- Leave an opening for a plot element that could continue into next season.